Whether you are welding for business or for pleasure, there are many ways to go about it. Any type of metal can be welded together with the right kind of welder and the proper level of experience. Part of that experience is the ability to know the right kind of welder that you should use for each job. No matter what kind of welding that you do, some metals require more knowledge than others. Aluminium welding is typically left to professionals or other tradesmen (or women) that have the experience that it requires because of the low heat point of the aluminium. Without the knowledge and skill that is required for aluminium welding, it is very easy to damage the aluminium or put holes in it with the welder that should not be there. Although aluminium welding can be done at home, it is important that you learn the proper techniques beforehand and practice careful safety precautions so that the job that you are welding is not damaged and there are no injuries.
The easiest types of aluminium to weld are commercial grade aluminium and non-heat treatable alloy. Heat treatable alloy can be welded but is a little harder of a task no matter how experienced you are at welding. Aluminium welding is usually done by using either a stick machine or a wire fed welder. MIG welding often requires a little touch up work after the weld is finished and the actual welding process is considered to be a messy job. Because of this, it is usually better for aluminium welding done with a MIG welder to be done by individuals more adept with a welder. The process has to be done quickly in order to not put holes through the aluminium and can be a lot of extra work for someone that is not sure of what they are doing. Quick work can be made of aluminium welding when a TIG welder is used, which makes clean up and polishing not necessary, but this option is best suited to joints where the weld does not need extra filler metal in order to work. Aluminium welding done with a TIG welder can be done even by beginners, so this is most often the preferred kind of welder for the job.
One of the most important things to remember when using any kind of welder is that safety comes first. Before, during and after a welding job there are important steps that should not be overlooked. Before you begin aluminium welding, it is important that you have all necessary equipment that you will need ready so that you are not looking for it during the welding process. Protective gear should be worn at all times and you should be sure that the work environment is clear of debris or other safety hazards that could lead to accidents, including the aluminium itself. Any loose debris and even the aluminium oxide that forms on the aluminium when it is exposed to air can be a hazard if you do not take the proper precautions before you begin. Making sure that it is free of oils and loose debris will ensure that the welder does not slip or throw the debris during the welding process, or set off harmful gases. Afterwards, it is important to clear the work area so that future accidents are less likely, or even for convenience because it will mean fewer cleanups later on before you begin welding.
As with many kinds of welding jobs, aluminium welding requires a certain amount of training and skill, and always proper safety equipment. Depending on the welder that you decide to use for aluminium welding, you may need extra practice or training but no special classes are needed if you know what you are doing. Easier than still welding, aluminium welding still requires caution and preparation. Individuals that begin aluminium welding unprepared for the task risk posing safety threats to themselves and others, even if they do so without realizing it, because accidents can happen any time. Aluminium welding can be an easy task or a difficult one, depending on your expertise and the welder that you decide to weld with. No matter what your circumstances are however, there are several welders available for all of your aluminium welding needs and anyone can so it themselves if they are willing to put forth the effort to learn the trade.